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Women’s Rugby nightmare in Energia Park

Irish Rugby hit the headlines for the all the wrong reasons this week when Connacht Women were forced to change beside a rubbish strewn area for their final interprovincial against Ulster in Energia Park.

A time when the Irish were not welcome

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Between the years 1845 and 1855 more than 2.1 million people emigrated from Ireland. They streamed into Liverpool, Manchester, Boston and New York. Many were diseased, hungry, dirty, broken spirited, with barely any personal belongings. Some embarked actually naked.

'Getting to Know...' Joy Gerrard, visual artist

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

GRETB Training Centre offers beauty therapist traineeship in Tuam

A new beauty therapist traineeship is starting October 18 in Tuam. The programme has been running very successfully in Tuam since 1998. Over the years the course has evolved and changed based on the needs of the sector. A very sizeable number of past students are working in salons all over Ireland and abroad, and many have opened their own salons and are running very successful businesses. A number of past students have also won prestigious national awards.

Hairloom Athlone salon manager to contest for prestigious industry award

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Hairloom Athlone Manager, Jenny Brennan, will compete at the prestigious Wella Professionals TrendVision Award 2021 UK and Ireland final, a significant moment in her hairdressing career.

Boys from County Hell

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Climate emergency requires a united front of Galway’s stakeholders

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The recent United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report signed off by 195 governments is a truly terrifying read. It makes clear that Global Warming- characterised by more intense and frequent heatwaves, storms, rainfall, flooding and melting glaciers as well as rising sea levels, is due to human activity. It further stated that no part of the world is safe from its consequences and that these changes are accelerating.

The west of Ireland lacks civilisation – But it has poetry

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‘The capital, Galway, is a terrible place. It has of course St Nicholas, one of the few remaining preReformation churches; the frontispiece of a Renaissance town house erected as a gateway to the public park; and a medieval fortified house about which they tell the well-known story of the Lynch who hanged his own son when the sheriff wasn't available. At least once a year while I was director of the Abbey theatre we got a play on that. From Miss Edgeworth's account of her travels to Galway it would appear that as a theme for tragedy it was popular a hundred years ago. But even before that I had a lively hatred of the town....'

Black and Tans spotted in Connemara in run up to GIAF show

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Members of the public travelling west of An Spideál had quite a shock recently when a 1920s era Saracen truck, with a full complement of Black and Tans, was spotted speeding along the R336 at various times of the day.

Film Review: Boys from County Hell

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WILLIAM AND Eugene are two Irish lads in their mid-twenties. They are feeling aimless, and spend their time drinking pints, playing ball, and ripping off tourists.


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